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A car wash fundraiser may not seem connected to convincing more students to enroll in college, but there is a correlation through UND's Upward Bound program. A federally funded program, Upward Bound assists first-generation and underprivileged high school students on the path to higher education.
Ed Schafer said some North Dakota legislators have come close to crossing a line. On Tuesday, the UND interim president said he has been told state lawmakers have contacted the North Dakota University System Office to complain about his decision to endorse Doug Burgum, a Republican candidate for governor. "Legislators have called the university system office and in my opinion threatened retribution and I think that is so bad," Schafer said.
Mark Kennedy is going to spend his first day as president of UND throwing the opening pitch at a Minnesota Twins baseball game. Kennedy's pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., July 1 as part of UND Night at Target Field. A former U.S. representative from Minnesota and the former director of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, Kennedy was selected by the State Board of Higher Education in March to succeed interim President Ed Schafer.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—A budding online nursing program at Mayville State University has received full accreditation. Mayville State's registered nurse to bachelor's of science in nursing program received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education last month, retroactively effective from November 2015 through June 2021. Director Tami Such said the program is open to those who have already earned an RN certification and is meant to help address North Dakota's shortage of healthcare workers by producing nurses who are educated at a higher level.
Anita Gadberry, a new full-time faculty member, has been hired on a year-to-year basis to teach students still enrolled in the UND music therapy program. The program stopped accepting new students in March as part of budget cuts at the university, a decision that was highly debated and protested by students, faculty and community members.
More than a year after the state Legislature put $110,000 into the North Dakota University System to fund a free textbook initiative, the first schools to see those funds are hoping to save students a lot of money. Based on calculations using the full cost of textbooks, UND is going to save students about $1.2 million in textbook costs next school year. Valley City State University is already cutting up to $82,000 in costs, with the aim to eliminate between $30,000 and $50,000 in textbook expenses next school year.
In a few weeks, UND's new aerospace building is going to look a lot different. The $21.5 million project was mostly rough edges, exposed wiring and concrete Thursday but UND Aerospace Foundation Chief Operating Officer Chuck Pineo said the building is going to look a lot more put-together very soon. "It's coming together really well," he said. ICON Architectural Group has overseen the building's construction and project architect Tom Wesley said two 53-foot trailers full of furniture arrive Monday.
Mayville State University and the Bismarck Public School District have received funding to support early childhood education. Mayville State received $1.1 million and Bismarck schools received $1.5 million for head start and early head start programs, according to a news release. The contribution is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Administration for Children & Families' Office of Head Start.
The UND Energy and Environmental Research Center has received $15.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to study water recovery technology. A news release said the study looks at developing techniques and technology to extract usable water from carbon dioxide. The award is the second phase of a project that studied carbon dioxide at a commercial saltwater disposal facility near Watford City, N.D.
UND's Fighting Hawks athletic logo design is down to two options, and it's unknown to the public what they look like. Interim President Ed Schafer said seven or eight semi-final concepts have been narrowed to two after several recent focus groups. The next step is deciding the appropriate time to release the final logo. "I want to have a new university for the new president," Schafer said in reference to incoming President Mark Kennedy. "New nickname, new logo, new budget and new president."